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Caribbean Princess Review

4.0 / 5.0
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Seasoned cruiser's first time on Princess

Review for Caribbean Princess to the Caribbean
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FrannyK
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Feb 2015
Cabin: Balcony
Main pool
Aft pool with shade
Busy centrum area
Another ship following us into FLL
View down from our cabin

Our 18th cruise (RCI, NCL, Carnival, Costa), first on Princess. This was a 5 night Caribbean Princess cruise from FLL to Cozumel and Costa Maya. Purpose of trip was for DH and I to simply relax. We've been to the ports a few times so we decided to stay on board and explore and experience a new ship. We really enjoyed the more quiet, laid back feeling on this ship. Being in our late 50's we felt this cruising style now suits us well :) The age group was our age and older I thought. We will definitely be cruising with Princess again and we are so happy we tried it. Simply listed are the pros and cons in our opinion in comparison to other lines we've been on. Cabin review is below. The pros far and away outweighed the cons.

THE GOOD/GREAT: Being able to access our cabin immediately at boarding at noon! (usually waited till 1 or 2pm for access). Minimal announcements/sales pitches over the loud speaker! How refreshing/peaceful! Absolutely the best food overall than any ship we've been on! Absolutely the best pool deck/areas (so many pools! all with some shade!) we've experienced! The Sanctuary--what an amazing place (didn't use it though). So many dining choices! Crab Shack--Different for us, Wow we really enjoyed it. Crown Grill excellent--our favorite meal. LOVE that the dining room is open EVERY morning for breakfast--what a lovely way to start the day! Loved the fish and chips at the English Pub on sea days. Hubby enjoyed the cigar bar. MUTS--Princess just does it better than the other lines! Beach towels are already stocked in your cabin--how nice not to have to sign towels in and out! Nice sized casino, brighter than most. Everyone was very friendly and we met many nice people on board.

CONS: Not being able to reserve specialty restaurants online ahead of time. Having to call the dining line to get specialty restaurant reservations. Why is the dining line always busy and why were we told the Crown Grill was booked for the length of the cruise when it was half empty each night? Lack of staff we assume? We ended up showing up and schmoozing our way in. Best food/service ever though. Not enough bartenders at bars. Not once were we asked, anywhere on board, if we wanted a drink. Very odd. Not that we mind going to the bar but I would think they could up their revenue easily. Worst buffet set up we've ever seen. The buffet itself is sort of enclosed with 3 gated entrances on each side, no room to backtrack, bad traffic pattern, very hot and steamy in there, felt like a prison cafeteria. Seating area was nice though. Service was lacking on this ship. Lack of staff seems to sum up most of our cons. This seems to be the trend on cruise lines these days.

Cabin Review

Balcony

Cabin BA

We booked a BE balcony guarantee and were upgraded to a BA balcony in a great location. Cabin Pros: Nice sized standard balcony with nice flooring. Loved large closet and dressing area space, lots of privacy and space! Many hangers were provided which was a first for us. The complimentary Princess beach bag on the bed was a nice touch. Great shower head/water pressure. Cons: Cabin size smaller than we're used to and had no sofa. No top sheet on the beds? Really? Had to ask and steward seemed put out about it. Teeny weeny shower was smallest we've experienced. Had no problem with shower curtain "snuggling" with us though. One robe and one set of towels for two people? Odd. Had to ask steward. Corrected from then on.

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